Friday, July 1, 2016

We All Scream for Ice Cream

"Ice cream is happiness condensed." ~ Jessi Lane Adams

The mid-summer heat of July offers the perfect opportunity to indulge in cool and creamy ice cream, and we have shared many scoops together over the years at A Little Loveliness. Here are a few of my favorite flavors, desserts and celebrations -- perfect for the sun-drenched days to come.

Fabulous Flavors

I developed this delicious Raspberry Lemonade Ice Cream several years ago. Enjoy a paper-wrapped cone topped with whipped cream, a fresh raspberry, and a striped paper straw.

My little chef Christian tempted us with this version of Rocky Road Ice Cream.

And a visit to Hilton Head introduced us to this recipe for Peach Ice Cream. This would pair well with my craving for Chilton County peaches!


There is an ease about desserts made with ice cream that complements leisurely summer days. For a simple treat, try these Ice Cream Tea Sandwiches.

For quick Independence Day Sundaes, fill waffle bowls with vanilla or strawberry-swirl ice cream and top with sweetened berries.

When I'm pining for my old Kentucky home, one taste of this elegant dessert -- patterned after the Nonesuch Kiss at Irish Acres -- takes me back to our time in Lexington.

What's not to love about a decadent serving of Mocha Punch served in a personalized travel mug? Sounds like a perfect recipe for friendship.


Ice cream has certainly played a role in many of our parties through the years.

Emma does not enjoy cake, so her birthday parties have usually incorporated some sort of frosty treat. For her pARTy -- held at a paint-your-own-pottery studio when she turned 7 -- we dressed up a favorite flavor with whipped cream, sprinkles, and paintbrushes.

Sometimes ice cream offers the incentive for getting together. For this entertaining idea, churn up some fun by inviting the neighbors to indulge in your latest creation.

For Emma's 8th birthday, ice cream was definitely the star of the show, as we welcomed friends to Emma's Ice Cream Parlor. This fete was one of our easiest yet most enjoyable to date!

Get the scoop in these party posts:

I ordered several sets of these 12-packs of cone-themed ice cream cups and spoons, so we had plenty after the party. That spring, I took them to her class at school to use during a sundae party. The kids were thrilled to take them home! The remainder have been nice to tuck into birthday gifts for friends, along with a gift card to a favorite ice-cream shop.

I hope you have enjoyed this round-up of ice cream recipes, desserts, and celebrations. Now, would you like that frosty treat in a cup or cone?

"Always serve too much hot fudge sauce on hot fudge sundaes. It makes people overjoyed, and puts them in your debt." ~ Judith Olney

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